“The New York State Bus Distributors Association (NYSBDA) has long supported the efforts of New York Association for Pupil Transportation and the New York School Bus Contractors Association to pass a law to have every school bus driver in New York State included in the pool of drivers who can be subjected to random drug and alcohol testing,” said NYSBDA President, Robert Reichenbach.
“Governor Cuomo and the New York State legislature have demonstrated their unwavering commitment to school bus safety by enacting this very important law. It was an industry-wide effort that began in 2013 and it would not have happened without the entire New York school transportation family working together.”
The new law amends the vehicle and traffic law and education law to require pre-employment and ongoing random drug and alcohol testing of school bus drivers who were not previously subjected to testing. School bus drivers in New York State who were driving small school buses (type-A buses), carrying less than 16 passengers, were not subjected to pre-employment or random drug and alcohol testing. The new law will strengthen current oversight of school bus drivers by ensuring that all school bus drivers are subject to preemployment and random drug and alcohol testing and are part of the 10% pool for random testing.
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